Ashwin Naik, Founding Partner
Ashwin Naik is a Founding Partner at consulting firm We Scale Impact and currently the Founder & Director of Vaatsalya Healthcare. While 70% of India’s population lives in semi-urban and rural areas, the majority of the healthcare facilities are in urban areas and not accessible to these families. Vaatsalya bridges this gap by building primary and secondary care hospitals in semi-urban and rural areas. Vaatsalya currently has eight hospitals in Karnataka and one in Andhra Pradesh, totaling 600 + beds and is the largest hospital network of its kind in India. Winner of the Inaugural Porter Prize in India for value based healthcare, Vaatsalya has been recognized as the Most Innovative Healthcare Company by VCCircle in 2014 and by Fast Company in 2013, Winner of the BiD Challenge India 2007 for the best business in development in India, LRAMP Award for Innovation 2008, Sankalp Award for Social Enterprise 2009 and Frost & Sullivan Healthcare Excellence Award 2010 for its innovative business model.
Ashwin is also a Resident Fellow at Ashoka, a pioneering network of social entrepreneurs worldwide and Chairs the National Association of Social Enterprises, India. He has been recognized as a Economic Times Leaders under 40, Young Global Leader (YGL) 2012 By World Economic Forum, Young Leader by Asia Society Asia21 in 2011, Senior Ashoka Fellow in 2010, Finalist for the India Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2010 by the Schwab Foundation, Ted India fellow for 2009. Dare Magazine India in its April 2011 edition profiled Ashwin as one of 50 inspiring Entrepreneurs of India.
Previously, he was the Vice President of Business Development and Informatics at Triesta Sciences, a clinical genomics company. Ashwin has been part of the human and mouse genome projects at Celera Genomics. He was instrumental in coordinating multidisciplinary teams to compile and analyze human and mouse genomes, leading to two publications in the journal Science. He holds three patents and has contributed a book chapter on Origin of Life.
Ashwin is a trained physician and has written and spoken about leadership, entrepreneurship, rural health and social entrepreneurship at various forums around the world, including World Health Congress, NHS Alliance, Ashoka Future Forum, Global Philanthropy Forum, and Africa Health Summit (KPMG). He has a medical degree from Karnatak Medical College, Hubli and a Masters from University of Houston, Texas.
Ting Shih, Founding Partner
Ting Shih is a Founding Partner at consulting firm We Scale Impact and currently the CEO & founder of ClickMedix. She has more than a decade of experience in designing and launching technology services, and business strategies for US government, pharmaceutical, global education and healthcare organizations. She built ClickMedix from an idea in an MIT classroom to a global enterprise with deployments in 16 countries from India to the United States of America. Her areas of expertise include innovation strategy, product development, lean/Six Sigma process improvement, operations management, organization change management, and business development.
Prior to launching ClickMedix, she spent three years implementing mobile health projects and pilots in over 10 countries in Africa, South Asia, the Middle East, and North America. She was integral to designing mobile health systems that can withstand unreliable or intermittent mobile networks, while satisfying the varied needs of healthcare in underserved communities. She founded ClickMedix to build upon the success and learning from the pilot years of creating a highly reliable, secure, and user-friendly, HIPAA-compliant telehealth, disease management, and care coordination system that can be deployed quickly to health practitioners and connect patients with medical experts worldwide. Ting leads the design, development, and deployment efforts for ClickMedix’s affordable mobile health and education system.
Ting was named a Toyota Mother of Invention in 2015 and Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards Laureate in 2012 for North America. She is also an industry advisor/contributing writer for Telemedicine Magazine. She holds an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management and MS in Systems Engineering from MIT, as an MIT Leaders for Global Operations Fellow and Public Service Fellow. In addition, she holds a BS in Computer Science and MS in Software Design and Management from Carnegie Mellon University.
Alden Zecha, Founding Partner
Alden Zecha is a Founding Partner at consulting firm We Scale Impact and currently serves as Executive in Residence at the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. Alden brings to these roles more than 25 years of broad-range executive expertise in operations, strategy and finance, and vast experience from work in more than 35 countries. He also serves as a director for businesses in the United States, Europe and Asia, and is a co-inventor on several patents.
In addition to operations, strategy and technology consulting roles, Alden has held operating positions in luxury travel, analytical instruments, transportation and logistics, and skin care distribution companies. He has launched multiple, successful multimillion dollar, multi-national initiatives and has raised more than $15m in capital for ventures including equity, debt and grants from such ultimate funders as Acumen Fund, Deutsche Bank, DFID and USAID.
Alden previously co-founded and served as CFO and Strategist of Sproxil, named the world’s most innovative company in health care by FastCompany in 2013, helping grow it to profitability and operations in 7 countries, co-founded and served as CFO of ultra-luxury travel company PrivatSea and CFO of Rethos, a sustainability and corporate social responsibility social media website. He also co-founded an OTC drug distribution company and worked with the Japanese MHW (FDA equivalent) on regulatory compliance issues for Procter & Gamble. Alden previously worked with consulting firms, Monitor Group and BearingPoint, and served as international economic development specialist for the State of Hawaii.
Alden received his MSE and BSE with honors in chemical engineering from Princeton University, where he was a United Technologies Scholar and Institute of Nuclear Power Operators Scholar, with his research focused on computer models of early stage treatments for HIV. He also holds a certificate in finance from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business.
Peter Gross, Principal
Peter Gross is a Principal with consulting firm We Scale Impact who brings over 15 years of international strategy and operations experience with both small and large businesses. He is an experienced social enterprise strategist, innovator and executive, with expertise in designing, delivering and scaling social impact models, with a focus on digital financial inclusion.
After 6 years in management roles with a large private firm in the US, Peter joined financial services pioneer MicroEnsure in Ghana in 2010. Through spending time with emerging customers in markets, villages and slums, Peter identified a large untapped demand for insurance that the existing market was failing to serve. He established a partnership with the telecommunications firm Tigo to launch a free life insurance program that paid for itself by enticing Tigo customers to spend more mobile airtime than they would have otherwise, thereby creating economic value for the telecom, MicroEnsure and the end customer. Within 9 months of launch, the Tigo-MicroEnsure partnership reached 1 million opt-in customers, doubling the number of Ghanaians with a life insurance policy and setting a precedent for insurance delivered to emerging customers at scale.
Subsequent to the Tigo insurance product, Peter established partnerships with global financial services and telecommunications giants, such as Barclays, Women’s World Banking and Airtel Africa, where he won a 17-country RFP for MicroEnsure and launched 8 new countries in 2014 alone. MicroEnsure has reached more than 50 million customers across Africa and Asia using this innovative approach, changing the landscape for microinsurance.
In 2016, Peter established MicroEnsure Labs, an innovation incubator. Today he serves as a strategic advisor to a range of financial services firms, Corporate Shared Value departments in large corporations, and global non-profit organizations.
Peter holds an MA from Oxford University, MBA from Emory University, and BA from Davidson College.
Al Hammond, Principal
Al Hammond is a Principal with consulting firm We Scale Impact who brings over 45 years of international experience in both business and government. He is an experienced entrepreneur, innovator and executive, with expertise in coaching and mentoring social enterprises, with a particular focus on healthcare in the emerging markets.
After 16 years in management roles in scientific publishing, Al spent several years consulting with the Office of Science and Technology Policy, Executive Office of the President of the United States, and with other federal agencies. He then spent 18 years at the World Resources Institute leading global activities to stimulate use of market-based approaches and new technologies to alleviate poverty in developing countries including consulting activities with USAID, the World Bank, the InterAmerican Development Bank, and the U.N. Environmental Program and Bottom of the Pyramid business strategies with Microsoft, Intel, Ericsson and Vodafone among others.
Al then co-founded and became CEO of Healthpoint Services Global, a company providing safe drinking water and telemedicine-based healthcare in rural India. There he helped raise US$9+ million in equity and debt. He also joined Ashoka as their Director of the Global Health program and led their efforts to transform health from an illness-focused, institution-based activity to a wellness-focused, patient-centric activity, with a special priority on healthcare in underserved communities. He coordinated and worked with major healthcare companies and with more than 400 successful health-oriented social entrepreneurs.
Al has authored or edited 16 books or book-length reports and numerous research and thought-leader articles; commissioned/edited 1200+ scientific and journalist articles; and wrote, edited, or contributed to numerous major reports for U.S. federal science agencies, major universities, or private foundations. He holds a Ph. D and AM from Harvard University and BS from Stanford University.
Ling Ling Phung, Principal
Ling Ling Phung is a Principal at consulting firm We Scale Impact and currently the founder of Two Lings, a business design and innovation studio. She has 20 years of experience in business design and strategy. Over the last 9 years, she has focused on crafting new business models with social impact at its core. She works with corporate, NGO, and social enterprise teams on early stage social innovation.
Specifically, she was Unilever’s Director of New Businesses in Developing and Emerging Markets, advisor to DFID’s private sector team, and business coach to Pearson’s Tomorrow’s Markets Incubator. She has served as a mentor or coach for MIT Global Ideas Challenge, Unreasonable Institute, Plus Acumen, Grand Challenges Canada, and Unilever & DFID’s Transform Program.
Her portfolio of work spans from infant malnutrition and safe drinking water to education and youth employability. Ling Ling has led initiatives in the US, UK, Kenya, Senegal, Mali, Swaziland, South Africa, Ghana, India, Bangladesh, Indonesia, and Mexico.
Ling Ling is also a published author in HBR and speaker on innovation and intrapreneurship. She writes a fortnightly newsletter for social innovators called Zen & The Art of Social Innovation. She was an Aspen Ideas Festival Global Health Spotlight Scholar in 2015. She holds dual degrees, an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management and an MPA/ID from Harvard Kennedy School.
Chad Sclove, Principal
Chad Sclove is a Principal with consulting firm We Scale Impact who brings over 20 years of international and U.S.-based consulting and operations expertise across the nonprofit and private sectors. His experience includes strategic and business planning, facilitating mergers and acquisitions, assessing and implementing IT/data systems for tracking programs and finances, streamlining operations, fiscal management, and philanthropic strategy.
Chad served for over four years as a Program Officer with the Fidelity Foundations, a private funder focused on building capacity of grantees across human services, healthcare, education, arts and culture, and conservation. In this role, Chad stewarded a portfolio of $10M+ in grants annually, including investment in major capital campaigns.
Prior to the Fidelity Foundations, Chad spent 10 years building Common Good Ventures, a nonprofit consultancy focused on serving Maine’s social sector. In this role, Chad also managed the Program for Nonprofit Effectiveness – a capacity-building grant program in partnership with Maine Community Foundation.
Chad received his MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, where he served as co-founder of the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE). He began his career with the Monitor Company, consulting to Fortune 500 clients across multiple industries, after earning his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College in Computer Science and Economic Geography.